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For Next Generation Concepts in Landfill Technology

Next Generation Landfill Technology Think Green.®

A COMMUNITY ASSET aste Management’s recycling programs have BENEFITS TO INDUSTRY

In addition to providing the industry with a new

low-cost liquid waste disposal alternative, Waste
W helped to boost community diversion rates
throughout North America. Still, a
significant amount of organic material inevitably
Next Generation Landfill Technology needs large
amounts of water to promote accelerated
Management’s Next Generation Landfill Technology ends up in local landfills. Now, Waste Management decomposition, these landfills represent the
offers numerous benefits to their local communities. is leading the development of Next Generation perfect low-cost solution for liquid waste
These benefits include: Technology to not only extend the life of its generators. Companies that choose Waste
landfills, but to put organic wastes to work by Management’s Next Generation Landfill
• Greenhouse gas reduction harnessing the by-products of their decomposition Technology to process their liquid wastes can
to produce valuable alternative power. look forward to enjoying:
• Alternative energy from a clean,
renewable resource Since 1999, Waste Management has worked closely • Cost-savings over alternative treatment and
• Extended landfill life with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency disposal solutions
(USEPA) through a unique Cooperative Research and
• Faster conversion of closed landfills to parks, • Compliance with all local, state and
Development Agreement (CRADA) to design, build
Next Generation Landfill Technology facilities employ both golf courses and other community assets federal environmental regulations
and operate a number of Next Generation
vertical and horizontal wells to inject the oxygen
necessary to sustain the oxygen-metabolizing Technology landfills in the United States. As a • Long-term indemnification
microorganisms that rapidly decompose organic waste
Next Generation Landfill Technology represents just result of this cooperative venture, many liquid
one more way Waste Management is looking ahead to • Being part of an environmentally
matter. wastes can now be accepted at landfills and put to
meet the waste challenges of the 21st Century. For conscious and sustainable alternative energy
beneficial use.
more information on Next Generation Landfill generating program
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS Technology projects currently underway, contact your
Waste Management Landfill & Industrial Services sales
In a Next Generation Landfill Technology facility, The list of liquid wastes that can currently be
representative, or log onto
liquids are introduced to hydrate the landfill mass. accepted at most Waste Management Next
Under these optimized growth conditions, naturally Generation Landfill Technology facilities
occurring micro-organisms rapidly break down includes, but is not limited to:
organic waste, producing methane gas as a • Wastewater treatment sludges
byproduct. This accelerated decomposition • Truck & wheel wash
increases the amount of available airspace, while
the methane gas can be collected and used as an • Tank farm water
alternative fuel. • Tank cleanouts
• Process sludges
Presently, Waste Management is operating three
kinds of Next Generation Landfills: • Pond cleanouts
• Pollution control sludges
• The Anaerobic Bioreactor. This type of • Pigment sludges
bioreactor uses anaerobic microorganisms,
• Paint sludges
bacteria that do not metabolize oxygen,
to decompose organic waste. • Paint booth spray
• Off-spec products
• Aerobic-Anaerobic Bioreactor*. This hybrid • Leachate
bioreactor landfill accelerates waste degradation
• Ink water
by employing a sequential aerobic-anaerobic
treatment to rapidly degrade organic wastes, • High moisture sludges (bio-solids)
producing valuable methane in the process. • Ground water
• Engine block dye water
• Facultative Bioreactor.** In this system, the From everyday collection to environmental protection, • Car wash cleanout
ammonia present in the leachate is biologically Think Green.® Think Waste Management.
converted to nitrate in a reactor that is external • Beverage waste
Next Generation Landfill Technology systems are carefully
to the landfill. The treated leachate is monitored to see that air and moisture levels are strictly
returned to the landfill where facultative controlled.
bacteria convert the nitrate to nitrogen gas
in a process known as denitrification. LANDFILL & LANDFILL &
* U.S. Patent #6,283,676 B1 ** U.S. Patent #6,398,958 B1

WMI.127.27 08005
© 2005 Waste Management, Inc.
Aerobic-Anaerobic Bioreactors use both aerobic and non-aerobic
bacteria to accelerate the degradation of organic wastes, thus reducing
landfill mass and extending the life of disposal facilities.

6 Energy to Homes

3 Injection
1 Acceptance 2 Liquids

Gas Collection
5 to Generate

4 Injection

Leachate/Liquids Addition
Gas Collection
LANDFILL & Air Injection